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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 6, 2009 1:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Dead tix may seem relatively cheap

I am glad you asked, because this is something I have put a lot of thought into actually. As Dylan said... the times they are a changin...
I had some big post about it at my sight, which I can't find because I post so much there. Nice.

So, here is my best whack at it now.

Digital transfers are killing the CD. This is actually the best thing for music. Why? It cuts out the middlemen (CD company's, big business) who try to determine for us all what is cool, and what it not.
Now, with digital transfer, and getting the "promoters" out of the way, the little guy has a chance to get more well known more easily. He doesn't have to "break" into the big time somehow, generally with some pop music crap songs that are forced upon the masses that gobble it up.
Now, the little guy can get his stuff circulated as places like LMA, if it is good... people will spread the word.

Touring revenue will increase because of this stuff.

Thus, in my opinion, the biggest benefit goes to the little guy, who no longer has to be "discovered" by the middleman who wants to take his cut. This is particularly true of music that might not perhaps be "mainstream". Its like an increased flow of ideas hitting the market, opening the musical spectrum. One possible pitfall is that the masses don't seem to mind being force fed what is cool and what isn't because they are already such sheep they just follow what they are told all the time anyhow.

Seriously, who needs CDs anymore? CD companies that are huge powerhouses? No one. Just transfer it digitally, or burn CDs even on the local level.

Just a thought I had some time ago...
Oh, I just found the thread... which was included in a thread where I also postulate that the last decade of musical creativity was the 80s...

This post was modified by kochman on 2009-02-06 21:35:09

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Poster: William Tell Date: Feb 6, 2009 4:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Dead tix may seem relatively cheap

Thanks, K; not sure if I am following this with coincident logic, BUT, it seems to support the position I have periodically presented here: ie, the idea that more trading of live shows, tapes, CDs, etc., only HELPs a band, and the knee jerk reaction to stifle that activity is counter productive.

Mere speculation.

But, I have not been convinced, Bob's kids in college aside, that there truly is a big "cost" to bands like the DEAD, if we puny few, delight in trading their stock...of course, I haven't gotten to the point of asking them for a payback, but maybe, just maybe, all my efforts at distributing the DEAD's live shows, has actually allowed them to recoup some $$ via purchases by those individuals...

Not sure...just saying.

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Poster: kochman Date: Feb 7, 2009 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Dead tix may seem relatively cheap

That's funny. Asking them for a salary.

Your point is well taken though. Just like they loved the fans and Jerry opted to give them the music for free, we love them and return the favor by spreading it. This has most certainly helped their revenue over the years.

This is a case in point about my theory... good band, music traded freely and understanding/appreciation of said music grows due to distro of music (and we know it wasn't the studio works that locked people in)... the band gets "bigger". The boys were, not surprisingly, way ahead of the power curve... striking new ground. Yet another reason I consider Garcia to be one of the greatest artistic geniuses to have ever lived... Like when Mozart broke into the "free agent" status of music (though he died poor, his actions truly revolutionized the music scene).